Jason Pollak recently completed his fourth season with the Sacramento State coaching staff and his third as the team's primary receivers coach in 2016.
During the year, junior Isiah Hennie earned honorable mention all-Big Sky honors after leading the team with 49 receptions for 594 yards and five touchdowns. He caught at least one pass in 10 of the team's 11 games and had four or more receptions in eight contests. Sophomore Jaelin Ratliff and freshman Johnnie Rucker ranked second and third among Hornet receivers with 26 and 20 recepionts, respectively. Ratliff tied Hennie for the team lead with five touchdowns while Rucker added two scores.
In 2015, Shane Harrison was named honorable mention all-Big Sky after catching 71 passes for 907 yards and eighth touchdowns. His receptions were the fifth most in school single-season history while his touchdown total tied him for the ninth most by a Hornet. Harrison was nearly unstoppable over the final four games of the season. During that stretch, he caught 40 passes for 538 yards and hauled in all eight of his touchdown receptions. He had at least eight receptions in each of those games and had four 100-yard performances during the season.
Three other Hornets caught at least 25 passes during the seaosn and 10 players in all caught a touchdown pass.
The 2014 season was a record-breaking campaign for the Hornet receivers. Senior DeAndre Carter earned All-America honors and was a unanimous first team all-Big Sky selection and junior Nnamdi Agude was named to the all-Big Sky second team. Together the duo was only pair of FCS teammates to each surpass 1,000 receiving yards during the regular season.
Carter led the Football Championship Subdivision and the Big Sky with 1,321 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns. His 99 receptions were also the most in the FCS and ranked second in league history. He was a model of consistency throughout the season, amassing at least 100-yards in six games and averaging 10.1 receptions and 139.2 yards in the eight league games. Carter earned national player of the week honors during the season after setting the school record with 16 receptions for 237 receiving yards and four touchdowns against Southern Utah. He left Sacramento State as the career leader with 35 receiving touchdowns and also ranked third in career receptions (207) and third in career yards (2,760). Following the season, Carter signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens.
Agude enjoyed his best season as a Hornet, catching 70 passes for 1,156 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 10 TDs were the third most in the Big Sky and ranked 10th in the FCS. He had five 100-yard games during the season, including four of the first six contests. Agude also led the team with an average of 16.5 yards per reception. He combined with Carter to form the only tandem of 1,000 yard receivers in the FCS.
During his first season with the Hornets (2013), Pollak coached three receivers who earned all-Big Sky honors. Carter was a first team selection after catching 64 passes for a team-leading 934 yards and 14 touchdowns. His touchdown total tied the school single-season record which dated back to 1969. Carter also set the school single-game record with five TD catches against Southern Oregon.
Senior Morris Norrise was named third team after leading the team with 81 grabs for 870 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore Shane Harrison was an honorable mention choice after hauling in 49 passes for 594 yards and a TD.
Pollak's first coaching job came at San Jose State in 2010 where he was a student assistant working the linebackers. He remained on staff as a graduate assistant in 2011 and 2012 coaching the team's receivers. During his final year, SJSU went 11-2 and won the Military Bowl.
Pollak has also had coaching stints at Del Mar High School and Oak Grove High School.
He earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from San Jose State in 2010. He and his wife, Julie, were married in 2012. The couple welcomed their son, Julian, in 2016.